ECB: Crisis nations have lost their sovereignty
Germany

ECB: Crisis nations have lost their sovereignty

The head of the European Central Bank (ECB) on Sunday threw his weight behind a German scheme to allow the EU to intervene in countries' budgets and propose changes before they are agreed in parliaments.

Freezing Frankfurt marathon foils record bid
Germany

Freezing Frankfurt marathon foils record bid

Freezing conditions spoiled world record-holder Patrick Makau's bid to break his own marathon record in Frankfurt on Sunday. But after a superhuman show of strength the Kenyan athlete did win the race.

Study: More old Germans can’t afford care
Germany

Study: More old Germans can’t afford care

A growing number of elderly Germans can no longer afford care in their old age, a newspaper reported on Sunday. The already hefty strain on state resources is set to double by 2050.

More Italians learning German in crisis
Germany

More Italians learning German in crisis

Thousands of Italians are swotting up on their German language skills in the hope of getting a better paid job north of the Alps, new figures show.

Switzerland seeks to jump-start tourism
Switzerland

Switzerland seeks to jump-start tourism

Going on holiday is rarely cheap, not least in Switzerland, but tour operators are touting a raft of options to suit all budgets in the hope of bringing back the crowds.

Win for Borussia boys unfazed by blizzard
Germany

Win for Borussia boys unfazed by blizzard

Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp praised the Bundesliga champions for their professional performance to grind out a 2-0 win in blizzard conditions at frozen Freiburg on Saturday.

SJ apologizes after ‘asylum-seeker’ gaff
Sweden

SJ apologizes after ‘asylum-seeker’ gaff

Swedish national rail operator SJ has apologized after identifying a family who lacked tickets as "asylum seekers" over a train loudspeaker system.

Armed SWAT unit storm wrong flat
Germany

Armed SWAT unit storm wrong flat

Armed police gave a German family a nasty shock when they stormed the wrong house in the middle of the night, training weapons on the bewildered inhabitants. Two women are receiving treatment for shock, it was reported at the weekend.

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Sweden

Hells Angels behind MC gang attack: report

A man was shot in the leg, another was stabbed and a third received a blow to the head with an axe when a group of men stormed into a motorcycle gang premises in Skene in western Sweden.

Troubled SAS rejects bankruptcy rumours
Sweden

Troubled SAS rejects bankruptcy rumours

Scandinavian airline SAS has moved to quash rumours that it is facing bankruptcy and that banks are considering not extending loans to the troubled carrier.

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Sweden

Teenager dies as car rams pedestrians

A 13-year-old boy has died and a further seven people have been injured after a vehicle careered into a group of people walking along a pavement in Malå in northern Sweden on Saturday evening.

Ibrahimovic winner puts PSG in pole position
Sweden

Ibrahimovic winner puts PSG in pole position

Paris Saint Germain have been helped by two summers of colossal investment from their Qatari investors, but it is chiefly thanks to Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic that they top Ligue 1 after Saturday's 1-0 win at Nancy.